HIDALGO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Anzalduas International Bridge this weekend intercepted a significant load of alleged methamphetamine. CBP officers discovered the alleged narcotics, valued at approximately $335,970, hidden within a Ford Focus.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, CBP officers working primary at the Anzalduas International Bridge encountered a silver 2003 Ford Focus driven by a man. The CBP officer's primary examination resulted in the vehicle and its driver, identified as a 39-year-old citizen of Cuba who resides in Mission, Texas being referred to CBP secondary for further examination. While in secondary, CBP officers discovered 21 hidden packages within the Ford Focus. CBP officers removed 21 packages from the vehicle with a combined total weight of 10.16 kilograms (22.398 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine.
The alleged methamphetamine from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $335,970. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle and turned the man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"These dangerous narcotics have been stopped on the frontline by our CBP officers. I congratulate our officers for securing our borders and for an outstanding job with this seizure and arrest," said Sylvia Briones, acting port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.